It is still early in the morning. I realise that I forgot a few small things when I went grocery shopping yesterday. So I decide to head to town directly after breakfast, alone, before the parking lots are crowded and the town is full of people, all being unrelaxed and bustling around.
I park the car a bit outside the town centre and decide to walk. The rain has stopped. The air is cool, but not cold. It feels good to move.
A few people are already on the streets, too. As I walk down the road and approach a roundabout, I look to my left and see a man crossing the street, walking in my direction. He sees me and looks me in the eyes, then flashes me a huge smile. He waves enthusiastically at me. I wave back. I wonder if we know each other but after a short moment of digging around in my brain for his face I realise that I have never seen him before. Our paths cross and we meet. I notice that he has an intellectual disability. For a brief second I wonder why he is so happy to see me, if he knows that we are on the same team, that I have a special needs child. I wonder if his fine antennas sense it. He beams at me, reaches in his pocket and gives me a piece of candy. Then he hugs me tightly and although he is a stranger it does not feel awkward at all, just a bit surprising. We commence our walk together and he opens his shopping bag and proudly shows me the content. It is full of DVDs. I ask him "Wow, what do you have in there?" and he answers "Movies!" and seems so proud. I say "That's great!". We cross the road together, right next to each other, as if we belong together. He looks content and happy. On the other side of the road I have to turn left, he has to turn right. We both say goodbye and then we both part ways, each of us walking the roads of our own lives again.
This was my Christmas moment 2012!
Whoever you are, wherever you are: Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!